Misfits Gaming Group to Open $1.35M Florida Training Center
Misfits Gaming Group announced it will move into a 18,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida next year to support players and employees.
Misfits Gaming Group announced it will move into a 18,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida next year. Over $1.3 million will be put into the facility, which will include office space for employees as well as a training facility for Misfits’ Florida-based esports teams. These include the Florida Mayhem in the Overwatch League and the Florida Mutineers in the Call of Duty League.
“Thanks to the state of Florida, we’re excited to be opening our headquarters in Boca Raton next year,” Ben Spoont, CEO and co-founder of Misfits Gaming Group, said in a release. “Through these local teams, we’ll be running several large-scale esports events in the state throughout the year, in addition to college tournaments and community events. It’s our goal to help grow the esports and gaming communities in Florida. We want to provide a platform for gamers to connect with each other, and give young professionals a path into the industry.”
The opening of the new facility will create 30 new jobs with average salaries around $95,000 as it consolidates operations between Boca Raton and Berlin, Germany. Misfits Gaming Group enters a growing list of organizations opening top-of-the-line training facilities. 100 Thieves recently opened the Cash App Compound, a centralized place where four of its esports teams can train. It also includes office space for employees as well as a retail store for its apparel line.
“We view this facility as pretty different from anything else that’s been built in the same way as we see 100 Thieves as very different from any other esports organization,” COO of 100 Thieves John Robinson said. “Nadeshot has a rich history, and he became much more of an entertainer and content creator. And it was really through his evolution from competitive player to entertainer that 100 Thieves came about. He wanted to create something much, much bigger.”
It’s a trend other organizations are quickly following, especially as more money is invested into the scene.
Team Envy has also centralized its esports teams, including Overwatch team Dallas Fuel and Call of Duty team Dallas Empire. CEO Mike “Hastr0” Rufail hopes that their facility will help pull in the community. In the future, “people from the public, fans of our organization” will be able to visit the facility and enjoy everything from watch parties, meet-and-greet sessions, and a luxurious player lounge.
Seeing how these top esports organizations utilize their headquarters will be interesting as multiple leagues progress. We’ll inevitably start to see more training facilities pop up around the United States.